Continuing our series on idverde’s apprentices, past and present, Will Osborne tells us about his experience as a Level 2 Horticulture apprentice since joining the company last year.
Will Osborne, based in Peckham Rye Park, Southwark
Why did you decide to do this Apprenticeship?
Because I’d like to gain more knowledge in how to work with plants, and potentially have a career in some form of horticulture.
Tell us about a recent day at work
I start by helping with picking up litter and changing the bins around the park in the morning. After that, I usually help the grounds maintenance guys with whatever jobs need doing around the park to keep it looking nice, like picking up leaves for example. After lunch, I will work with my Head Gardener. Recently we’ve been pruning some perennials and roses in the ornamental gardens.
What’s an interesting fact you’ve learned during your Apprenticeship so far?
If you were to grow an apple tree from the seeds you find in most store-bought apples, they would produce a different kind of apple from the one you bought.
What are the best things about being an Apprentice?
Definitely being able to work a paid role alongside the studies, with knowledgeable people, too. Especially in this field, I’d say the most important thing is practical learning.
Why would you recommend people take up an Apprenticeship with idverde?
Being able to work outdoors all day is great!
What advice would you give to anyone considering doing an Apprenticeship?
Just go for it. I think they’re a great option if you want to learn something new and have a job as well. Especially if it’s something you’re interested in.
Where would you like to be in five years?
I’d hope to be a lot more knowledgeable to start with. I’d also like to be able to take the skills I learn on this apprenticeship to different parts of the world, as it’s a widely recognised qualification.
What does Will’s tutor say?
Even at such an earlier stage in his career, Will has already shown his keen interest to learn all aspects of horticulture. Will has become a valued member of the parks team he works in and the group he studies with on his course.